Stanley Bird is a Scottish artist formerly based in Glasgow and now living and working in Edinburgh. After pursuing a successful career in the law, Stanley returned to painting full time in 2010 and has taken his life in a new artistic direction.
He works with a bold palette to create exciting images of the natural world – mainly birds and other animals – images that seize the imagination and that people can relate to.
Although he could be described as “self-taught”, for several years Stanley attended evening classes and intensive weekend courses at the Glasgow School of Art to improve his technique, to widen his experience of making art and to stimulate the creative processes.
Stanley works mainly in acrylics and mixed media on board and on canvas – but will use whatever he needs to make sure he captures that elusive image.
His work ranges from larger-scale representational paintings and portraits of animals – bulls, cows, sheep, pigs, deer, horses – both in monochrome and colour – to smaller more intimate, mixed media paintings of these and other animals.
He has been working recently on paintings of birds, exotic and otherwise, against bold colourful backgrounds and a series of “Dug-Shots” – characterful portraits of “Man’s Best Friend”. He is also fond of painting all sort of wildlife from the hot plains of Africa, to the dark forests of Scotland and including the domestic back garden. He also undertakes commissions.
He has exhibited and sold work at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI), Paisley Art Institute (PAI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). Stanley also exhibits and sells his paintings through a number of galleries in and around Glasgow, the West of Scotland and also in Edinburgh and the East coast as well as Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the north of England.
His paintings are in private collections in Europe, Asia, America, South Africa and Australia.